President Trump and his legal team are preventing former White House counsel Don McGahn from testifying to Congress. The administration’s argument is that the president’s immediate advisers are immune from compelled congressional testimony on matters related to their official responsiiblities within the White House.
After making several threatening comments on different Youtube videos, a 35-year-old Utah man drove to Youtube’s HQ in northern California with a gun. While he did not fire the weapon, authorities tracked the man back to Utah and arrested him there.
The environment-focused Prince Charles will have an interesting meeting climate change skeptic Donald Trump next month when Trump goes to London for a state visit. Observers do not expect the issue of climate change to be addressed during their meeting.
Facing nine more months in prison and mounting legal fees, convicted Russian agent Maria Butina has turned to social media to ask for financial help. Butina made her plea for more funds from a jail in Grady, Oklahoma, where she was transferred on May 10th.
A 16 year-old Guatemalan teen in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) died over the weekend. He was found unresponsive and is the fifth immigrant minor to die while in custody of the CBP since December.
Seven men ambushed a bar in northern Brazil killing at least 11 people. The attackers were able to escape, leaving authorities little information on why the men led the coordinated attack.
The USS Preble sailed near the Scarborough Shoal, a disputed area of the South China Sea as a sign of U.S. commitment to preserve waterways governed by international law. The move will certainly frustrate China as it claims the area as sovereign territory.
Bombers and a carrier strike force are sent to the Middle East after provocations from Iran, and the U.S. body responsible for declaring wars, Congress, has no idea what is going on. Lawmakers are expecting the Pentagon and the State Department to brief them on the situation in Iran sometime this week, but for now, Congress is left in the dark.
Ukraine’s new president has taken power and has already dissolved parliament, calling for snap elections. President Zelenskiy’s main focus during his time in office will be seeking peace in Eastern Ukraine.
The Department of Homeland Security is warning that Chinese-made drones may be allowing China to steal sensitive data. The U.S. Army had already banned Chinese-made drones in 2017, saying that the drones shared sensitive data with the Chinese government.
With no end in sight for the trade war between the U.S. and China, Morgan Stanley is worried that a global recession is coming. The bank said, “If talks stall, no deal is agreed upon and the U.S. imposes 25% tariffs on the remaining ~US$300 billion of imports from China, we see the global economy heading towards recession.”
Ford Motor Co said on Monday it will eliminate about 10% of its global salaried workforce, cutting about 7,000 jobs by the end of August as part of its larger restructuring effort. “To succeed in our competitive industry, and position Ford to win in a fast-changing future, we must reduce bureaucracy, empower managers, speed decision making, focus on the most valuable work and cut costs,” said Ford CEO Jim Hackett.
Ranya Abdelsayed took her own life in 2013 after a year in Afghanistan, and her death is marked by one of the 129 stars on the wall. Some people are saying the honor is misplaced. “There’s been an erosion of understanding in CIA leadership for at least two decades about what the wall is for and who is it that we’re commemorating,” said retired CIA historian Nicholas Dujmovic.
“U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to blacklist Huawei Technologies Co. may just have scuppered any lingering hopes for more cross-border mergers in the semiconductor industry. On Friday, the administration barred U.S. firms from supplying components to the Chinese maker of telecommunications equipment, which it accuses of helping Beijing to spy. But uncertainty around the scope of the order means that chipmakers in Europe also decided to stop supplies to Huawei.”
Michigan Rep. Justin Amash is facing a Republican primary challenger just days after he provoked fury in the party by saying that he believes President Donald Trump has committed impeachable offenses. Michigan State Rep. Jim Lower swiftly announced that he will run for the seat Amash holds at the moment.
“Our legislators aren’t flying blind, but the Trump administration is preventing them from obtaining the kind of visibility that would best serve the country. Time is running short: The electoral calendar won’t bend, and the full threat of foreign interference remains unaddressed. The administration’s bad faith arguments for keeping this information secret will surely affect how federal judges view the executive branch’s position when Congress takes officials to court over the full Mueller report. Judge Mehta’s reaction to Mr. Trump’s lawyers is a signal of how this will play out.”
The Environmental Protection Agency is reportedly planning to adopt a new method for projecting the future health risks of air pollution. The new method has not been been peer-reviewed and is not scientifically sound.
A roadside bomb injured at least 17 people on Sunday when it detonated next to a bus of tourists, close to the Giza pyramids in Cairo. An “unknown device” exploded close to the bus, and struck a nearby car carrying four Egyptian citizens.
Robert F. Smith, the billionaire investor who at one point became the richest black man in America, told the crowd that he and his family would pay off the entire graduating class’ student debt. “On behalf of the eight generations of my family who have been in this country, we’re going to put a little fuel in your bus,” he told the graduating class.
“On its face, this authority appears unquestionable, and the Supreme Court has called it ‘unlimited.’ But in his more than two years in office, Donald Trump has found ways to wield or dangle the pardon power in a manner that departs from any established practice and even calls into question the principles of justice that undergird it…It is past time for Congress to display a more robust appetite for exploring this president’s use of the pardon power — if only to assure the public that he is pursuing his constitutional duties rather than his political interests.”
Matthew Bowen, an Arizona border agent accused of hitting a Guatemalan man with his car referred to migrants as “subhuman s**t” and “savages” in text messages, according to court documents. The texts messages were sent between Bowen and other Border Patrol agents.
Despite the collapse of cross-party talks with Labour, ministers hope some of the measures discussed can still be bolted on to the bill, as part of what May has called a “new, bold offer to MPs across the House of Commons.”
A rocket was fired into the Iraqi capital Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone, which houses government buildings and diplomatic missions, on Sunday night, falling near the U.S. Embassy but causing no casualties. “We will hold Iran responsible if any such attacks are conducted by its proxy militia forces or elements of such forces, and will respond to Iran accordingly,” a State Department official said.
Google has suspended business with Huawei that requires the transfer of hardware, software and technical services except those publicly available via open source licensing. This is a major blow to the Chinese tech company that the U.S. government has sought to blacklist around the world.
“Under the circumstances, it is legitimate for the United States to seek greater transparency from Huawei, both about its ownership and its strategic objectives in the global market. To the extent that the Trump administration’s latest step is an attempt to bolster its negotiating position on those issues, it may be justified. If it represents a deliberate attempt to bring down Huawei and provoke a broader economic rupture with China, it may not. In that sense, the administration owes the public more transparency about its intentions, as well.”
“A low social credit score will exclude you from well-paid jobs, make it impossible for you to get a house or a car loan or even book a hotel room. The government will slow down your internet connection, ban your children from attending private schools and even post your profile on a public blacklist for all to see.”
The brawl erupted when five militants, armed with makeshift knives and other weapons, killed three guards and five prisoners inside the facility that holds some 1,500 prisoners affiliated with ISIS. After the security forces at the prison intervened to restore order, 24 more prisoners were killed.
If granted, the order, which is related to a rape charge, means that Assange will be subject to extradition to Sweden after he finishes serving a 50-week sentence for skipping bail in the United Kingdom. Sweden officially reopened the 2010 rape case last week.
While on CNN, Senator Romney was asked about whether he agreed with Rep. Amash’s view that President Trump engaged in impeachable behavior. Romney said that he does not agree with Amash, but noted that Amash’s statement was “courageous”.
Following the attacks on Saudi oil tankers last week, Saudi Arabia emphasizes that while it does not want war with Iran, it stands ready to respond with “all strength” should a war with Iran be necessary. Iran is accused of attacking two Saudi oil tankers.
Congressman Justin Amash of Michigan finished reading the Mueller report and let the world know what he thought of it. In a series of tweets, Amash made it clear that he believe AG Barr misled the public on the Mueller report and that Trump engaged in impeachable conduct. Amash is one of the only Republicans in Congress to suggest that Trump should be impeached.
Reports indicate that President Trump is preparing to pardon U.S. service members credibly accused of war crimes. Trump appears to be preparing to file the paperwork for the pardons before Memorial Day.
Following President Trump’s blacklisting of Huawei, American companies are no longer allowed to sell components to the Chinese company. This move could cost U.S. companies $11B in revenue.
A partnership between McDonald’s Austria and the U.S. embassy in Austria now allows McDonald’s to assist American travelers get into contact with the U.S. embassy. Should an American lose a passport or be in service of any other consular services, workers at McDonald’s in Austria can help the travelers get the help they need.
North Korea wants the UN to look into the seizure of a North Korean cargo ship by U.S. authorities. North Korea said, “This act of dispossession has clearly indicated that the United States is indeed a gangster country that does not care at all about international laws.”
Australia’s center-right government shocked the country and defied the polls as it retained power of government. In power since 2013, PM Scott Morrison and the Liberal-National coalition will return.
As tensions continue to rise between Tehran and Washington, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is taking a less confrontational approach. He said, “There will be no war because neither do we want a war, nor has anyone the idea or illusion it can confront Iran in the region.”
Video recordings of Austria’s Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache were released showing him asking a woman posing as a daughter of a Russian oligarch for political help. The scandal has shocked Austria and led to Strache’s resignation. The leader of the far-right party Freedom Party, Strache, promised the woman posing as the daughter of the Russian oligarch contracts in exchange for media coverage and funding.